Everyone wants to be happy. But even if you’re generally a happy person, you may sometimes feel a little low. If you’re looking for a pick-me-up, you may turn to exercise, healthy foods, time with friends and loved ones, listening to upbeat music, or making time for your favorite hobbies or activities.
But did you know that your posture actually affects your mood? You may have noticed that when you’re feeling down you tend to slouch or slump, but what you may not know is slouching and slumping can actually contribute to feelings of sadness.
The truth is, managing your posture can help you feel happier and more confident. According to Beverly Hills-based chiropractor, Dr. David Tannenbaum, “good posture is when your ears, shoulders, hips and ankles align in one straight line. When you look in the mirror, you should look like you are serving in the military.” It’s this kind of good posture that can instantly boost your mood and self-esteem.
As a weight loss coach, the success of the clients in my weight loss programs for women depends largely on their mood. Learning how to boost confidence and manage emotions is key to their ability to lose weight effectively and improve their overall wellbeing.
In a recent article for Today.com, I covered How to Align Your Body to Become Happier.
Here’s how to practice good posture while sitting or standing to create a more positive mood:
- Do a shoulder roll: bring your shoulders up towards your ears, roll your shoulders back, and then pull your shoulders down.
- Arch your upper back by puffing your chest out.
- Pull your navel in towards your spine so that your lower ribs draw down to settle the arch in your back into a neutral position.
- Lift your chin while keeping your abs engaged.
Until you are comfortable practicing good posture, try doing this routine in front of a mirror to make sure your body is in alignment. Pay attention to the shift in your mood as you move your body and notice how good posture boosts your happiness.
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